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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 3, 2007 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

Labor Day.

It seems to creep up sooner and sooner every year, and as per usual, I didn't get the Labor Day cards in the mail this year, either. Just not enough hours in the day. Or not enough days in the summer. Can't decide which.

Any favorite summertime Grateful Dead memories? Mine will always be that rain-soaked night in Edwardsville, Illinois. There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, and I was never at a Grateful Dead concert quite like that one.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-08-16.fob-walker.lemieux.20137.sbeok.shnf

Honorable mentions go to Alpine Valley 7/6/84 during the summer tour when Phil was returning to the microphone on that serene little Beatles cover, Why Don't We do It In The Road? Another big highlight of that show was a stellar performance of one of the early Dear Mr. Fantasy covers, featuring Jerry much more prominently than the later renditions when Brent's lead vocals were really the focus of the song---:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-07-06.senn441.dodd.13898.sbeok.shnf

---and to another Alpine show, 8/7/82. Just a very bright, energetic night that got going right from the jump with the Music Never Stopped>Sugaree>Music Never Stopped opener, plus I was able to hook up with a veritable gang of first-timers from school whose curiosity had gotten the better of them after hearing me and the rest of Carbondale's Dead Head crowd sing the band's praises for two years. Returning to campus that fall, every one of the them had been converted by that show, maybe not to full Dead Head status, but they had certainly "gotten it" as far as finally understanding what we had been telling them. The show is available as Dick's Picks 32.

This post was modified by BryanE on 2007-09-03 19:54:11

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 3, 2007 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

BryanE: I sincerely wish you and your family well as the transition into the Fall begins. This is a great topic. My only "rain" memory is one in which I can only remember the day (and possibly the venue): Saratoga Springs ("SPAC"?; sometime in the mid-1980's)

I have been told it was a great show and that I throroughly enjoyed the show. I remember the ride west on the "Mass Pike" with the case of Heineken magically disappearing (before Noon), the gorgeous blonde and her friend who decided to sit down and join my buddie and I for lunch (for reasons that will forever remain a mystery), the two additional cases of Heineken for the afternoon (for the carbohydrates). And I remember the glorious appearance of a kind fungi.

And then I remember leaving the show and walking through an area of ashphalt that had lots of puddles. One puddle, in particular, I remember very well: as I crossed it I sank about six or seven feet over my head. It was a fountain.

My buddie decided it was a sign to finally junk his car.

BryanE: Thank you for all the potent material you leave here on the Forum. --- AshesRising

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 3, 2007 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

AshesRising-

Allow me to ricochet those sentiments right back atcha!

Ah, summer and The Grateful Dead . . . the two used to go hand in hand. Lots of dusty old trunks filled with those memories are stored in the attics of many of our lives.

"the gorgeous blonde and her friend who decided to sit down and join my buddie and I for lunch"

Reminds me of words I overheard spoken by a guy while we were all in line during the early morning hours, awaiting entry to the Eugene show in June of '78 (The Oregon Music Harvest): "There's a pretty little Dead Head." And she was, too.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 3, 2007 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

...which reminds me of the words spoken by a "west coast" lass (age: somewhere between 16 & 20; 1988 Greek Theatre shows):

"..oh, no, the "Grateful Dead's" music doesn't have any death or tragic stuff in them. That's only their name. Their songs are all about peace and love..."

BryanE., my friend, you have no idea how much I wish I could tell you that this post is a joke, however, it really did happen. I glanced over to the guy beside me in line and realized that he had timed his dose too early or miscalculated how much to drop. I looked into his eyes and gave him a reassuring nod that, no, he was not goin' insane; he really did hear what I had just heard and that I was completely straight. He relaxed.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 3, 2007 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

Bless her heart. Good thing she had the scoop or else a bunch of unenlightened ignoramuses might have been really disappointed when they got inside and found out that it wasn't a Wes Craven movie after all.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 3, 2007 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

Oxford plains ME 1988. Too much to list but it was a blast.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Sep 4, 2007 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

I gotta second that one. For some reason when I think of summer and the Dead I always think of Oxford Maine. And no the massive quantities of the MX missile combo had absolutely nothing to do with imprinting my brain with that summer feeling. Nope nothing at all.

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Poster: acetboy Date: Sep 3, 2007 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

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This post was modified by acetboy on 2008-05-29 23:28:30

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-09-03 18:46:57

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 3, 2007 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

" Did you participate in those big out of control
Halloween parties that Carbondale was known for?

Or were the really out of control ones after you were gone
from there?"

Yes, as a matter of fact, I did, acetboy. I was there when they were hitting their peak in terms of the numbers of people crowding Illinois Avenue, and stayed in the Carbondale area through the end of the '80's, sadly watching one hell of a good time deteriorate into a morass of violence and vandalism. It was then that the university and the city got together and decided it would be best for Carbondale to just shut the school down, forcing the thousands of dormies to go back home for those weekends, thus bringing an end to what had once been a very crazy, but very fun tradition. Times change, and the time eventually arrived for the legendary Carbondale Halloween bashes to become a memory.

And then I went to grad school in Athens, Ohio, and lo and behold, Halloween was just like the good old days in Carbondale. Don't know if they still do it there or not.

"That whole part of Illinois south of say Illinois 13 is very scenic.
It doesn't seem like you're even in Illinois.
I really enjoy wandering those back roads in the National Forest."

I know it all very well. We live about 80 minutes north of Carbondale (are you the one who told me you live in McLean County?), and every now and then, my wife gets an uncontrollable urge for us to take a drive down to the Shawnee National Forest just to get out and commune with rocks and trees. And yes, it is hard to believe that Normal and Golconda are towns in the same state.

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Poster: Big LMA Lock Date: Sep 3, 2007 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

Sounds like ya'll watched the Door Movie one too many times ?

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 3, 2007 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Summertime Done Come And Gone, My Oh My

Sounds like I don't understand the significance of that reply.